Sunday was not a good hockey day if you’re one to root for Boston College alumni only (but probably very good otherwise for most people).
In the Great White North in another place called BC (being British Columbia, of course), the Vancouver Canucks were ousted from the postseason by the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 overtime win. The netminder for the Canadian side was none other than Cory Schneider, the former Eagle goalie who has begun making a case for himself to be the full-time starter. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t stop every shot that came his way, including LA’s game and series-winner on Sunday night.
There are probably very few people outside of Vancouver broken up about the news, but a tip of the cap to Schneider, who represented himself well in his brief postseason stint.
Similar sighs of relief were likely had by many hockey fans earlier in the day when the Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth game of their series. Former Boston College Eagle Brooks Orpik was one of the players who went down with the ship.
Meanwhile, two more former Eagles are on the brink, and the news was bad for one of them. With the New York Rangers heading to Ottawa tonight in an elimination game, they will not be joined by Brian Boyle. He was leveled on Saturday night by the Senators’ Chris Neil and suffered a concussion; Boyle will not appear in Game 6 and reportedly did not even make the trip to Ottawa with the team.
Boston College fans had become somewhat used to turning on the playoffs and seeing Chris Kreider in the mix for the Blueshirts, but with Carl Hagelin’s suspension coming to an end, it is unclear if the Rangers will continue to inject him into the lineup.